Van Buren's Gracie Carter and Cedarville's Austin Cluck sign Letters of Intent

George "Clay" Mitchell
Press Argus-Courier

A pair of Crawford County athletes signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their careers at the collegiate level.

Van Buren's Gracie Carter signed with Harding University, and Cedarville's Austin Cluck signed with Williams Baptist.

Van Buren's Gracie Carter moves ahead of the pack during the first heat of the 100-meter dash at the James Lemley Quad City Meet on March 12, 2021 at the Van Buren Track & Field Complex. Carter won three events, including the 100, and Van Buren won it's second straight meet of the season.

Gracie Carter

Sport: Track

High School: Van Buren

College: Harding University

Stats: Carter won the triple jump at the Meet of Champs. At the Class 5A state meet, she was third in the triple jump and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. She won the 100-meter dash and the long jump at the 5A West meet and was second in the triple jump.

Coach Hays Lemley: "Gracie is a great kid with a great attitude. She will continue to be successful on the track and in life because she works hard and treats people well."

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Cedarville senior Austin Cluck and the rest of the Pirate crew continue to find ways to improve. The Pirates travel to Danville on Tuesday for another conference game.

Austin Cluck

Sport: Basketball

High School: Cedarville

College: Williams Baptist

Stats: Cluck averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The senior guard shot 45.3% from 3-point distance and made 91.3% of his free throws. Cluck is also one of four valedictorians at Cedarville High School.

Coach Frank Cluck: "What most people didn't see is him coming to the gym at 6:30 a.m. to shoot 3-pointers. Putting out that extra effort and being a good human being gave him this opportunity."

Austin Cluck: "Williams Baptist seems like a good place for me to grow in my faith and as a person, with some basketball on the side. I really like the culture of the team, and it was like being home."